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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Published

Since before I can remember, I have wanted to be a writer.  Books are and have always been my best friend.  I'm amazed by the way people can utilize words to make you hurt and cry and laugh and change.  I want to do that.  I want to change people with my words.

If you know me, you know that I'm terrified of this.  If you read my blog mini-series, Sueño, you can see some of my recent processes through my complete fear and insecurity.  God has been teaching me about faith and about who he says I am and the gifts that he's given me.  God's security = incredibly increased confidence.  It's a different type of confidence than my own.  My own is critical and unstable, but his is assuring and humbling.

I have to say, it's amazing when we give something to God.  I was tired of asking him how I was ever going to write.  I was exhausted praying over my dreams.  I wanted to do something, and I needed God to show up or I was going to put my dream in a shoebox on a shelf and hope someday it fell down again.


Long story short, God has been showing up in amazing ways.  First, he has given me a heart for a certain subject, and I'm attempting to research (Biblically) and experiment with writing about it.  I'd like to make it into a book someday, but we'll keep that our secret, because something that big still terrifies me.  However, God somehow just introduced into my life small online Christian girl's magazine called Lily Girls (if you know any teens, tell them to read the articles - the other girls are amazing, and it's free to read).  I wasn't researching, and I wasn't trying anything.  God knew what he was doing, and knew when I would be ready.  So, as of this month, I have started writing for them!  My first article was published today!  If you want to read it, you can see it here:  Perfectly Imperfect.

P.S.
I have to send everyone of you a humongous Thank You.  When I have felt as if I'd gone out on a limb by writing something, you encouraged me.  This small feat might seem like nothing to you, but it is so much to me.  And so are my bloggy friends that have been God's tools to fuel me into action.
You are amazing, and I love you!

19 comments:

  1. Way to go! How incredible! Congrats!

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  2. Congratulations!!!! I will be reading it as soon as I'm done writing this but I'm sure it's brilliant! It was published for junks sake!!!

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  3. Yay Sarah!!! This is awesome, congrats!! :o)

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  4. Congratulations! I read your article - very well thought out and expressive :) Great job!

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  5. I love your blog! And I love your background...so cute! And I just put your blog button on my blog. :)

    About to go read your article...

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  6. Just found you today via mutual followers. I'm Kristin from Windy Poplars, and it's nice to meet ya! Congrats on being published...that is a huge accomplishment! I'm sure you're on top of the world :-) Hope your Thursday is a good one!

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  7. this is certainly so very exciting! congratulations! btw, this post showed up in my reader - hip, hip hurray!

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  8. Congrats Sarah! I am so happy for you..you will be such an encouragement :)

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  9. Gosh, I can relate to you on this one!

    After a year;s worth of research and studying, I am finally starting to write a book that God had been putting on my heart, a book that could potentially change lives, and it scares me.

    It scares me for multiple reasons. One, because it also causes me to look at my life and make sure I am doing the same things I am writing about. But also, to know that the very words I write could impact someone... that's scary as heck.

    Hmm. I've never heard of Lily Magazine. I'm going to check it out. Do you know if they take on freelance writers? I've been trying for years to get on as a writer for Boundless.org and Brio.... but they say they don't accept unsolicited writers.. I have no idea what that even means...

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  10. Oh my goodness! So exciting...congratulations!!!

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  11. Congrats! What an inspiration you are. I'm headed on over to read some of your work. I'm keeping you in my prayers and looking forward to where this goes.

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  12. That is incredible! Congratulations :)

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  13. I found your profile on another blog I follow and I added myself to follow you.
    You are more than welcome to visit my blog and become a follower if you want to.
    http://ronjoewhite.blogspot.com
    ronj1946 at gmail dot com

    God Bless You, Ron

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  14. yay!!! so happy for you. i know this is just the beginning of something BIG for you! can't wait to see all that God does through you.
    love you & miss you guys
    :)

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  15. way to go girl!! how exciting! It's so amazing what God does when we completely hand something over to him! So glad you didn't put this dream onto the shelf. You inspire the writer within me and I'm sure you'll inspire so many young girls through your articles!

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  16. I just saw this post, and I am SO PROUD of you, Sarah!!! :) The article is wonderful, encouraging, and biblical! :) God is definitely growing you and using you to do awesome things!

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Your words make my heart smile.